BRUM'S BIG DIG TO MAKE US GREENER.
A NEW campaign is planning to put Birmingham on the map as one of the UK's greenest cities.
Big Dig Birmingham will see public gardens and community growing projects across the city team up for a day of events to get people growing their own food.
Launching the initiative at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens, former Gardeners' World presenter and Kings Heath resident Alys Fowler said she was amazed to find out how many allotment groups, community orchards and edible gardens the city had.
She said: "It's really important that people stand up and tell everybody what they're doing.
"I'm bored of hearing that Manchester and London and Bristol are the bases of growing.
"We are a unique city in that we've got a lot of green space. London and Bristol are quite limited in that respect.
"The resources in this city are considerable and people are being drawn to gardening and growing projects like never before. "It's time to stand up and say 'We are the green city'. Hopefully this is the start of that."
The initiative is funded by the Cabinet Office and supported by several city growing institutions, including Birmingham Open Spaces Forum, The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Urban Veg at Winterbourne House and Garden. The Big Dig will culminate in a day of community events on March 16.
Part of the project is to create an online map featuring each of Birmingham's community gardens, orchards, allotments and groups.
Mike Hardman, a researcher in urban agriculture at Birmingham City University, gave the Big Dig launch the thumbs-up, saying: "As a northerner, before I came down here, my perception of Birmingham was a big city of concrete and cars.
"But when you look a bit deeper, you see how green it is.
"There are so many growing projects including edible forests and a vast array of really impressive greenery. Hopefully the Big Dig will bring some of this together."
Details are available at www.bigdig.org.uk/Birmingham
Barrow load of fun: Michael Hardman, Chris Blythe, Alys Fowler and Clare Savage, far left, at The Winterbourne House and Gardens. Left: Clare and Alys get on with some digging.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Feb 13, 2013|
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